Maryland Goes Back to Basics to Prepare Students for Nursing Careers

From 1993 through 1997, Maryland Project L.I.N.C. (previously, Project L.I.N.C.) enrolled 75 students in the program. More than 50 percent of these participants were minorities.

Project L.I.N.C. was a national career advancement program that provided financial resources and support services to qualified low income and minority, entry- and mid-level hospital and nursing home employees to help them advance into licensed practical nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN) positions.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Ladders in Nursing Careers Program national program.

Key Results

  • Project L.I.N.C. developed a pre-L.I.N.C. remedial program, which provided basic education in math, reading, and English to students entering a nursing or allied health program.
  • Maryland L.I.N.C. partnered with the Maryland Hospital Skills Enhancement Program, which provided students with the lowest test scores with a more intensive basic skills curriculum.
  • Maryland L.I.N.C. worked with Essex Community College to establish adult literacy programs within hospitals.
  • Maryland L.I.N.C. also enrolled students in allied health programs based on the employment needs of hospitals in the state.